A Special Investigation Team was set up to probe the case of gang-rape of a 19-year-old woman in Haryana's Mahendargarh district and raids were being conducted to nab the three accused, police said Friday.
As the accused continued to evade arrest two days after the incident, the Haryana Police has constituted a SIT in the case as the accused continued to evade arrest.
It would be headed by Mewat SP Naazneen Bhasin, the police said.
The father of the young woman, a school topper who was felicitated by the government, said she could have been raped by eight to 10 men.
The mother hit out at the police for allegedly failing to take action in the case and said her daughter was traumatised even as the accused "were roaming freely" after the incident.
"She has named three accused, but when the horrific incident took place, she sensed that 8-10 persons could have been there," the victim's father told reporters in Rewari Friday, noting she was drugged by the accused.
"We are conducting raids and hope to make arrests soon," Mahendergarh Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar said.
He said raids were being held in Rewari and Mahendergarh districts and neighbouring areas.
When asked if eight to 10 people could be involved in the gangrape, Kumar said, "The victim has given a statement to the police in which she has named three accused."
The incident evoked sharp reaction from the opposition, with former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleging a complete breakdown of the law and order situation.
Khattar told reporters in Rohtak the law will take its course and assured that culprits will be punished.
The victim's mother said her daughter was traumatised after the incident.
"The government talks about Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, but is this the price we have to pay for getting our daughters educated? The accused are roaming freely but police has failed to nab them," she told reporters in her village in Rewari district.
"The police has failed to take any action. We were made to run from pillar to post before our complaint was taken. The FIR was registered at 1 am as the police kept citing jurisdiction issues, making us shuttle between Rewari and Kanina," she claimed.
"All we want is justice," the mother said.
SP Vinod Kumar said three youths were named in the "zero FIR" which was transferred to them by the Rewari police Thursday.
According to the FIR, the young woman had gone to attend a coaching class when she was abducted Wednesday while she was waiting at a bus-stop in Kanina.
She was allegedly kidnapped by the accused who arrived in a car and was taken to a secluded place where she was gangraped after being offered a drink laced with sedatives, the survivor alleged in her complaint.
The accused left her near a bus stop in Kanina later that day.
Meanwhile, the victim was admitted to a hospital in Rewari after she complained of pain in the abdomen.
"Her vitals are stable, though she appears to be tense. We will also seek a psychiatric opinion. She will be kept at the hospital overnight for observation," the doctor said.
The slogan of save your daughter from the BJP was coming true in Haryana, he added.
An official of the women's police station in Rewari said a 'zero FIR' was lodged on the complaint of the woman, and the probe was being conducted by the Mahendergarh Police as the incident occurred in an area under their jurisdiction.
A zero FIR can be filed in any police station and can be later transferred to the concerned police station.
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